The ‘Pear-fect’ Fruit

Nutritional Benefits of Pears

If an apple a day

keeps the doctor away,

what can a pear a day do for you?

The pear is one of the top 20 favorite fruits and for good reason.  Not only is it delicious, but it has many nutritional benefits.

Pears contain the vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, folic acid, niacin, potassium and iron. As an interesting note, if a pear turns brown after you cut it, this means that the iron content is high; however, if the color does not change, the iron content is low or almost non-existent.

So what can the pear do for you? Well, the following is a small example of the many healthy benefits of adding pears to your diet:

Nutritional Benefits of Pears

1)  A medium size pear has approximately 6 grams of fiber, which equals about 24% of your recommended daily value for fiber. The skin of the pear contains the majority of the fiber found in a pear, so enjoy the skin for added flavor, texture, and nutrients.

2)  The high level of pectin in pears makes it very helpful in the lowering of cholesterol.

3)  The anti-oxidant nutrients in pears are critical in building up your immune system.

4)  Pear juice is a natural anti-inflammatory, relieving pain in many inflammatory conditions.

5)  Pears aid in reducing fever because of their cooling effect. The best way to bring a fever down quickly is by drinking a big glass of pear juice.

6)  Pears provide 30% more potassium than apples, which is necessary for maintaining heartbeat, muscle contraction, nerve transmission, as well as carbohydrate and protein metabolism. 

So, with all of these healthy benefits, no wonder it’s the “pear-fect” fruit!

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